Jesus Blesses the Children
High infant mortality rates made this gospel story very dear to the hearts of many congregations in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The scene is very pastoral. It finds Jesus surrounded by adoring children who are carefully supervised by their mothers.
Saint Peter and Saint John’s first instinct were to send the children away. But they are quickly admonished with “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these…” In the background, Saint Peter and Saint John appear to comprehend this new teaching.